Ongoing growth and success have prompted the recent expansion of the Gold Medal executive team. In order to facilitate future development, the company has hired the following:
- Curt Fisher as Vice President - Sales, U.S. and Canada
- Mark Wallach as Vice President of Manufacturing
- Craig Oaks as Vice President of Human Resources
Fisher joins Gold Medal with over 20 years of experience in the sales field. With a background in manufacturing and durable goods, his career history includes more than 13 years of progressive leadership roles with Whirlpool and Goodman Distribution. Most recently, he served as Vice President of Sales for Direct Buy, where he successfully led the corporate sales group. Enthusiastic about joining Gold Medal he shares, "What impresses me most about Gold Medal is the quality of relationships. There's a commitment to mutual success, which is empowering."
An expert in leading operations, Wallach has an impressive résumé of improving efficiency and productivity. Within his 24-year career, he served as Plant Manager at Pella Corporation, where he strengthened workflow processes and implemented strategies to maximize performance. In addition, as Director of Continuous Improvement with Sunrise Windows, he was responsible for the direction and execution of initiatives companywide that resulted in double digit productivity improvements. "With outstanding products and exceptional personnel, there is tremendous opportunity at Gold Medal. The company has a vision for the future and I look forward to contributing to the accomplishment of our goals," stated Wallach.
Oaks has spent his career building profound experience in managing human resources for such companies as Comair Airlines, Cornerstone Brands and Apex Supply Chain Technologies. Under his leadership, he has directed strategic planning, innovated processes and deployed effective employee relations programs. Oaks fills the position of Vice President of HR following the retirement of Sally Evans-Lloyd. He says, "Sally set the foundation, which has given Gold Medal a personable culture, loyal employees and top-notch benefits. I have the privilege of continuing to employ the kinds of initiatives that produce successful results."
As Gold Medal marks its 85th year in business, it is poised to continue as the leading manufacturer in the concession industry.